From the KMTS News Room:

    • Huge Illegal Marijuana Grow Operation Found Near Rifle Rifle—A massive illegal marijuana grow operation near Rifle has been shut down by local and federal law enforcement agencies.  Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario says 14 illegal Chinese immigrants, (12 men, 2 women) were also taken into custody and some three thousand marijuana plants were discovered.  Vallario says suspicions were raised when authorities noticed a large ...
    • NEWS VETERANS HEALTH CARE Denver—The suicide of a veteran awaiting treatment for PTSD at a Colorado VA clinic has the attention of Colorado U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.  Gardner and fellow GOP Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin are both asking for an investigation into a whistleblower’s report about the circumstances surrounding the veteran’s death.  Gardner wants to know ...
    • NEWS BLEAK BUDGET OUTLOOK FOR COLORADO Denver—Garfield County’s impending budget challenges are symptomatic of what the entire state is facing in 2017.  Colorado revenue forecasts released today by legislative and economic analysts say a combination of factors are to blame for the bleak budget outlook, namely shrinking oil and gas revenues and court-ordered tax refunds to oil ...
    • NEWS HUNTER RESCUED NEAR SUNLIGHT Aspen—A Wisconsin man hunting near Sunlight Mountain had to be escorted back to his campsite earlier this week after a cold night in the back country.  According to reports from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, about 20 members of Mountain Rescue Aspen were called out to assist 55 year old Charlie Johnson ...
    • NEWS GARCO DEBATES PAY RAISES Glenwood Springs—Garfield County employees will see a little more in their paychecks next year but not as much as they had hoped for.  County Human Resources Director Dianne Hayes says the average merit-based pay raise around the state is 3.3 percent. She asking the county for a little less, somewhere between 3 ...
    • NEWS LONGER LABOR DAY DUI CRACKDOWN NETS BIG NUMBERS Denver—Nearly one thousand drunk or stoned drivers were busted in Colorado during the extended Labor Day “Heat is On Campaign.”  According to the final tally from the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol, 964 impaired drivers caught between August 19th and September 6th.  State Patrol ...
    • NEWS McCLURE PASS DEATH Aspen—Pitkin County authorities are investigating the death of a Longmont man who’s body was found this past weekend near the top of McClure Pass.  According to reports from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, 49 year old Matthew Barz was found on a rural road on Labor Day.  McClure Pass was closed most of ...
    • NEWS FORMER GARCO CLERK RE-SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT Glenwood Springs—The former Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office employee who admitted to stealing about a half million dollars in public funds was re-sentenced yesterday in District Court to nine years in prison.  The new sentence was handed down after investigators uncovered another 56 thousand dollars that Robin McMillan had ...
    • NEWS GW BRACING FOR 8TH STREET PROJECT Glenwood Springs—After Labor Day, some major construction work begins in Glenwood Springs.  C-DOT will break ground next Tuesday on the new 8th Street Connection Project.  The work involves connecting Midland Avenue to Grand Avenue via 8th Street. C-DOT spokesman Tom Newland says the 6 to 8 week project will move ...
    • NEWS STATE HEALTH CARE INITIATIVE CONCERNS BIZ OWNERS Undated—A western slope lawmaker says business owners in his district are going to relocate if a Colorado health care initiative passes.  State Senator Randy Baumgardner says in his travels across Senate District 8, a growing number of small business owners are prepared to leave the state if Amendment 69 ...

    From the KMTS Sports Desk:

    • SPORTS, APRIL 5TH HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Glenwood Springs–Micaela Mansfield scored two goals last night as the Glenwood Lady Demons pounded the visiting Eagle Valley Devils 7 to nothing. Today, Colorado Rocky Mountain School visits Vail Christian, Rifle hosts Grand Valley and Coal Ridge travels to Roaring Fork. NBA New Orleans–The Denver Nuggets were stung by the Hornets in New Orleans, 94-92. NHL Denver–On the ...
    • SPORTS, APRIL 4TH HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL The Rifle Bears came back to beat the Glenwood Demons yesterday 4 to 3. Basalt blanked Coal Ridge 3-zip. HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Grand Valley shutout Rangely 5 to nothing. Roaring Fork got past Rifle 3 to 1 while Coal Ridge and Vail Mountain School kicked to a 1-1 tie. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Denver–40 and 0. ...
    • SPORTS, APRIL 3RD Baseball Glenwood Springs–The Glenwood Demons welcome the Rifle Bears to town this afternoon for a 3:30 contest. You can catch the game live on line at KMTS.com. Women’s College Basketball Denver–Tonight, the women get the spotlight in college basketball. The Baylor Bears take on Notre Dame for the ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 30TH HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Carbondale–The Roaring Fork Rams will host the Gunnison Cowboys tomorrow at 11 and 1 o’clock. You can catch both games live on line at KMTS.com. NBA The Denver Nuggets are in Charlotte tonight to take on the Bobcats. NHL The Avs take on the Flames tonight in Calgary. Elsewhere in sports… NEW YORK (AP) – ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 28TH SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Arizona left-hander Patrick Corbin threw five no-hit innings and the Diamondbacks earned a 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) – Colorado State University is paying new football coach Jim McElwain and his staff about $1.3 million more than what former coach Steve Fairchild and his staff received.McElwain and his staff ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 27TH NBA Chicago, IL–The Denver Nuggets handed the Chicago Bulls their worst home loss this season, beating them 108-91. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with a season high 27 points. NHL San Jose, CA–The Avs were devoured by the Sharks last night in San Jose, 5 to 1. Elsewhere in sports… PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) – Saints ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 26TH MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kevin Love followed up his 51-point game with 30 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 117-100 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Todd Helton hit his first two home runs of spring training and Casey Blake hit his first, all drives off Johnny Cueto that led the ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 23RD HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Coal Ridge clobbered Rangely 8 to nothing while Basalt defeated Grand Valley 4 to 1. HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL The Coal Ridge Titans earned their first win of the season by mercy-ruling the Aspen Skiers 19 to 9 in game one of yesterday’s doubleheader. Game two was suspended in the third inning ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 22ND HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL The Western Slope 4-A All Conference teams were released. Four of the five starters for the Glenwood Lady Demons earned first team honors; Seniors Lexie Warkentin and Cassidy Gaddis, Junior Kenzie Nelson-Buehler and Sophomore Delaney Gaddis. Glenwood Senior Sarah Davis was named Honorable Mention. ...
    • SPORTS, MARCH 21ST HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER All three games played yesterday were shutouts. The Rifle Lady Bears earned their first win of the season by blanking Rangely 4 to nothing. Aspen beat Grand Valley by the same score and Roaring Fork defeated Basalt 2-zip. TEBOW Tim Tebow is gone. One day after signing Peyton Manning ...